Sunday, July 31, 2011

WDCC Polls

It's been quite a while since we've had a poll here on the blog.  A discussion on Friday with some fellow WDCC collectors regarding the recent sell-through of Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket and Peter Pan, Wendy & Tinker Bell, we got to discussing our favorite sculpt of this year's releases.

At your left are two polls:
  • Favorite Choice of the Spring 2011 Releases
  • Favorite Choice of the Summer 2011 Releases

Below are links to each Announcement to view the sculpture listed.


Click Above to View 2011 Spring Announcement Releases
Click Above to View 2011 Summer Announcement Releases


I will recap the results of the 2 polls when voting has completed.  Happy Voting!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell

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This was one of the most anticipated sculptures of the Summer 2012 announcement!  

Until you see the actual sculpture in person, you don't get that feel of 'movement' as Peter is leaning back (as if ready to fall over) not knowing what to expect (since he's never been kissed) as Wendy leans in and Tink is giving her all to make sure she doesn't kiss Peter.

As you can see in the images taken directly looking at Peter, it's quite comical as his eyes are coming together focusing on Wendy's lips and the look of shock and bewilderment in his face.

Given the size of Tinker Bell, the detail is actually quite good.  So many times when a miniature is this small, a lot of the detail is lost.  This is probably my favorite Wendy to date, facially the most accurate to the film.

The sculpture is plussed with a pewter feather in Peter’s hat, pewter legs for Wendy, and a bronze Tinker Bell.  It was announced yesterday this sculpture has sold through to retailers! 

Please contact your Authorized Retailer for availability!


Below are some additional angles of the sculpture plus some close-up shots (please click on each image for a larger view): 







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"I'm So Happy, I Think I'll Give You a Kiss" sculpted by Dusty Horner is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 1,500 and the second time the Nursery Scene has been visited by the Walt Disney Classics Collection.

The first scene included Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael and Nana (all sculpted by Kent Melton), a Bed Base and Window Base (sculpted by Patrick Romandy-Simmons) which included a Tinker Bell miniature (sculpted by Chris Peterson).



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Another feature of this sculpture I like is that the Walt Disney Classics Collection has been consistent in the sizing of the releases from this film.

For those who might be collecting from this film only, it's nice you can group your pieces from the earliest release (Peter Pan, far right released in June 1994 as part of the Skull Rock Scene sculpted by Kent Melton that also included Captain Hook, the Crocodile and Mr. Smee) to Peter and the Mermaids (released in January 2007, sculpted by Dusty Horner) to this most current release of him with Wendy and Tinker Bell.

For a complete listing of releases from Peter Pan, please check out the Image Gallery & Secondary Guide of the website. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix perform at D23 Expo


It’s a Musical “Jolly Holiday” as Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Bring Harmony and Melodic Fun to First Night of Disney’s D23 Expo, August 19-21, 2011 

BURBANK, Calif. (July 29, 2011) – Disney fans attending the first day of Disney’s D23 Expo, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, will be able to end their day with an unforgettable evening of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal quartet is comprised of legendary television, Broadway, and film star Dick Van Dyke and three renowned west coast musicians—Mike Mendyke, Bryan Chadima and Eric Bradley. The group will appear in concert on Stage 23 at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.

Songs from Van Dyke’s varied entertainment career in addition to many well-known Disney hits and timeless pop standards will be performed by Van Dyke and The Vantastix in a show rich in humor, pure entertainment and sing-along favorites. Much of the show’s song roster is based on Put On A Happy Face, the group’s inaugural a cappella album, which features 14 well-known tunes. The CD will be available for purchase in the D23 Expo Treasure Trove store.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix is the result of a chance meeting of Van Dyke and Mendyke at a Malibu coffee shop in September 2000. With the addition of Chadima and Bradley, the group started "just for fun," gathering weekly for pizza and singing around Van Dyke’s piano, and soon built up an impressive repertoire of children's songs and standards.

After their first casual performance during the wrap party for Van Dyke’s long-running mystery TV series Diagnosis Murder, the group began to get requests to appear at charity events and benefits. They have performed at the City of Hope Hospital; the Beverly Hilton for the Society of Singers Concert honoring Dame Julie Andrews; the Hollywood Bowl as part of an evening of TV theme songs; and at the awarding of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Rose Marie, who appeared with Van Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

There have also been television appearances at the TV Land Awards, Larry King Live, and a performance of the National Anthem for the NBA Playoffs and more. The group continues to perform at benefits in the greater Los Angeles area.

“Hard work and planning are important if one wants to get ahead in life,” Van Dyke says. “More important is leaving one's self open to the twists and turns, the wonderful surprises that life has to offer. If you can't bend with the wind, go with the flow, you're gonna miss some great adventures. These three guys walked into my life from out of nowhere and turned my Golden Years into pure platinum. We always have a great time performing together, and we’re looking forward to appearing at the D23 Expo.”

Dick Van Dyke – Van Dyke began his remarkable career more than 50 years ago in a record-pantomime act called The Merry Mutes. He then went on to host several TV shows before starring on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie, for which he received a Tony Award®. The classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show came next, then the screen version of Birdie, followed by the classic Disney film musical Mary Poppins, the equally adored movie musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the recent hit Night at the Museum, and a host of other wonderfully entertaining films. Winner of five Emmy Awards®, Van Dyke completed nine seasons of the TV series Diagnosis Murder.

Bryan Chadima – Bryan Chadima is a writer, musical director, arranger, and singer. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Western Michigan University. He has toured nationally and recorded albums with numerous vocal groups and shows including Blind Man's Bluff, Gold Company, Vox Lumiere, and The Three Waiters. His musical directing credits include Klub Kokomo and Baby It's You. Chadima arranges most of the material performed by the Vantastix.

Eric Bradley – Bradley’s road to Los Angeles began in Connecticut where he grew up then at the University of Miami, where he studied music, film, and television, and then to Chicago, where he started his career as a vocalist and voice-over actor. Bradley now enjoys a career as a studio singer in LA. His film and TV credits include The Simpsons Movie, Spiderman 3, Blades of Glory, King Kong, Superman Returns, The Polar Express, Enchanted, I Am Legend, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, and the Oscars telecast. He also sings with jazz sensation Sixth Wave, the 2001 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions.

Mike Mendyke – An MIT graduate and former NASA engineer with degrees in aerospace engineering and music, Mendyke believes every vocal group should include at least one rocket scientist. After eight years in the defense industry, he began recording albums and touring the U.S. and Japan with the vocal group Five O'Clock Shadow. A longtime advocate of vocal music, Mendyke is a past board member and former treasurer for The Contemporary A Cappella Society. Mendyke also runs an online marketing business, as well as music distribution services.

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.

Walt Disney Classics Collection Announces Two More Recent Sell Throughs!

The Walt Disney Classics Collection announced today the Sold Out status of the following:

Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket

Knowing the star of Pinocchio had to be appealing, WaltDisney directed his artists to “win the audience to the little guy.” The lovable living puppet was enhanced with vocal artist Dickie Jones, who Walt said, had a “typical nice boy’s voice.”

Walt also created a cricket sidekick, but reported, “At first we made Jiminy sort of a pompous fellow – kind of a windbag,” but voice artist Cliff Edwards’ performance
had “so much life and fun in it that we altered the character to conform to the voice. Thus Jiminy comes to the screen... lively and full of quips.”

Jiminy (the cricket-sized sculpture is bronze) wants the little woodenhead to call on him any time, so as the little conscience cheerfully chirps, all Pinocchio needs to do is give a little whistle.

Anytime you need me, you know, just whistle!, sculpted by Bruce Lau is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 750.
Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell
When Peter Pan declares he’s taking Wendy Darling to Never Land, the entranced young girl is so overjoyed that she decides she will give Peter a kiss — and tiny but temperamental Tinker Bell is having none of it. As for Peter, he doesn’t know what a kiss is but he’s thrown off balance at the prospect of receiving one…a rare occurrence for the bold boy from the realm of enchantment.

Plussed with a pewter feather in Peter’s hat, pewter legs for Wendy, and a bronze Tinker Bell, this dynamic sculpture — bringing together the three most treasured figures from the spellbinding tale of Never Land —reflects Walt Disney’s words: “All the characters in Peter Pan are in some way touched with magic,”even, as Walt described her, “beloved Wendy.”

"I'm So Happy, I Think I'll Give You a Kiss" sculpted by Dusty Horner is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 1,500.


Please contact your Authorized Dealer for availability! 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Check Out Latest Episode of 'D23's Disney Geek'!

Episode Fifty of 'D23's Disney Geek' is now online!

This week check out the following:

- A cannon from the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions is just one of the exciting items up for bid in the D23 Expo Live Auction

- A sneak peek at the fall issue of "D23 twenty-three" celebrating Walt Disney World's 40th anniversary!

- More news on "Newsies" the musical

- Hidden objects inside Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel

- Epic Mickey's Warren Spector heads to the D23 Expo—plus, much more interactive fun

- The new musical "Disney's Aladdin" opens in Seattle—and we've got pictures!

- Jiko—The Cooking Place is honored at Walt Disney World

- Viewer questions… and more!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fall issue of DISNEY TWENTY-THREE Magazine hits stands Aug 2!

DISNEY TWENTY-THREE MAGAZINE
FALL ISSUE HITS STANDS AUGUST 2
 
Commemorating 40 Years of Walt Disney World


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Special Issue Includes
The Story of How Walt’s Dream Destination Became a Reality
A Rare Glimpse into the Magic Kingdom’s Underground Labyrinth
A Peek Back at Early Attractions
Plus an Exhilarating Hint of the Park’s Future

BURBANK, Calif. – July 26, 2011 – The special fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, on stands August 2, is dedicated entirely to the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

Readers are offered a look at how the resort was created, including revealing details behind the mysterious operation to acquire the vast expanse of Florida land needed to build Walt’s “vacation kingdom of the world.” With its nostalgic look back at attractions that have vanished but remain in the hearts of multiple generations, this commemorative issue also takes readers on an exclusive visit to the Magic Kingdom’s underground “city.” Readers are privy to a host of little-known facts that contribute to Walt Disney World’s remarkable history and give the Florida theme park its unique identity. An illuminating all-encompassing interview with Imagineering dynamo Eric Jacobson rounds out the issue, as he tours the Magic Kingdom with Disney twenty-three, pointing out some of his park favorites and giving readers a preview of the new, expanded Fantasyland.

In addition to the look back at the excitement leading up to the spectacular opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in October 1971, Disney twenty-three’s fall issue includes an intimate, never-before-told portrait of Walt’s brother Roy, by his grandson Roy P. Disney. Roy O. was the executive responsible for making sure that the park opened on time… and on budget.

And there’s more in the autumn issue of Disney twenty-three:

·        WE SAY IT’S DISNEY!: Bob Foster played a key role in the acquisition of the land that would become Walt Disney World. With Bob’s insights and recollections, Disney archivist Steven Vagnini takes us back to the twinkle in Walt’s eye that eventually became a reality.
·        REMEMBERING 1971: Disney twenty-three relives the historic events leading up to that unforgettable day in October when Walt Disney World welcomed its first guests.
·        MAKIN’ MEMORIES: From The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter to Kitchen Kabaret, the Magic Kingdom and Epcot have been home to countless attractions that left guests with the warm fuzzies. Here are some of Disney twenty-three’s all-time favorites.
·        IN A CLASS BY HERSELF: Readers are welcomed aboard Empress Lilly, the Disney Village Marketplace riverboat that served up culinary delights from 1977 to 1995. Readers are even given the exclusive secret recipe for the Chicken Crepes Lilly that became so popular on the floating attraction. 
·        40 THINGS (YOU JUST MIGHT NOT KNOW!) ABOUT WALT DISNEY WORLD: Even the most avid Disney fan might be surprised by the trivia uncovered about Walt Disney World in this feature. The parks are filled with vibrant history and little-known gems.
·        AND MUCH MORE!

To become a D23 Member, and learn more about membership and the fall issue of Disney twenty-three, visit www.disney.com/D23.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Disney Interactive Media Group to Preview Upcoming Video Games at D23 Expo 2011!


DISNEY INTERACTIVE MEDIA GROUP TO GIVE D23 EXPO ATTENDEES HANDS-ON FUN WITH THE LATEST INTERACTIVE GAMES AND ONLINE ART ACTIVITIES

Guests to Preview Upcoming Video Games, Compete in Interactive Art Contests on Disney.com’s Create and Meet Legendary Video Game Designer Warren Spector, Creator of Disney Epic Mickey

BURBANK, CA –July 25, 2011 – Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) invites Disney fans and families to step into its pavilion at the D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—for hands-on fun with the latest interactive entertainment products for video game consoles, mobile devices and online, based on beloved Disney stories and characters.  Every day of the D23 Expo, taking place August 19-21, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center, will be packed with hours of game play, special guests, interactive art contests, giveaways and more! 

Guests of the D23 Expo will be able to suit up, power up and team up as they enter Disney Universe, a multiplayer action-adventure video game set in a mix-up of Disney and Disney•Pixar inspired worlds that will be released this fall.

The Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension video game, inspired by the Disney Channel Original Movie, will be available for hands-on gameplay.  Fans will be able to play as their favorite Phineas and Ferb characters as they journey through new dimensions to battle the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.  

Guests can also immerse themselves in the recently released and critically acclaimed Cars 2: The Video Game. Inspired by the Disney•Pixar animated film, the game allows players to dive into the Cars 2 universe alongside some of their favorite Cars personalities in exotic locations spanning the globe.

The award-winning video game Disney Epic Mickey will be featured in the DIMG pavilion and the game’s creator, legendary game designer Warren Spector, will be on hand. Mr. Spector will be making special appearances at the booth on August 19 and 20 to meet guests and sign autographs.

Online gamers can play Disney’s latest social games, including this summer’s smash hit Gardens of Time and the popular online virtual world for kids Club Penguin.  Guests who want Disney games on the go, can try out the latest mobile games, such as Cars 2 and Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

For aspiring young Disney artists and animators, Disney.com’s Create will offer its newest collection of online creativity tools for making digital paintings, comic books, animated pets, photo mashups, music slideshows and animations.  During the D23 Expo, the new Disney Epic Mickey Digital Painter will be featured in the booth and guests will be invited to participate in daily art contests judged by Warren Spector for the chance to win exclusive D23 DIMG prize packages.

Friday, July 22, 2011

'Graveyard Shift' in Whiteware

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Last week, Art of Disney announced a merchandise event to help celebrate the resort’s 40th anniversary to be held at the Contemporary Resort on Friday, September 30th from 9:00am-9:00pm.

For the event, one of the Special Merchandise items being offered is the Caretaker and Dog (pictured at right) from the Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpted by Ruben Procopio, a Numbered Limited Edition of 250.  Special Note: Room for 1 More event will have a limited number of the Graveyard Shift edition.

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Part of the process in  creating memorable Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures is creating whiteware. 

The final clay sculpt is cut into pieces and a plaster mold of each piece is made. The more complex and delicate the sculpture, the more pieces are needed.

Liquid clay called 'slip' is poured into the molds and partially air dried into 'greenware' pieces, which are then re-assembled using more slip. The greenware is sprayed with a translucent glaze and fired in a brick kiln, creating a glazed whiteware. The whiteware is then painted with a yellow dye to pick up any flaws within the whiteware.


This spectacularly detailed sculpture, requiring 98 individual molds for each piece, is crafted of fine porcelain, and is hand-painted and fired 6 times in the kiln.  

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Plussed with 2 hand-cast bronze horizontal fence rails and 77 individual pewter elements including pewter legs, tail and ears on the dog, 10 vertical pewter fence posts, pewter shovel, pewter lantern handle, 58 pewter leaves and branches.

The sculpture stands 10” tall by 11-1/2” wide by 9-1/2” deep and includes a Certificate of Authenticity with the imprinted signatures of Disney Creative Director and Master Artist David Pacheco and Disney Archives Director Becky Klein.

Please Note: The Whiteware image is not for sale. These images are being provided to show the plussing detail mentioned above.

Review: "He's Really Kind and Gentle, He's My Friend"

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The last of the Spring 2011 releases had begun arriving at retailers last week!
 
From the initial photo released when this sculpture was announced, I was a little concerned.  Facially, I thought the sculpture was off.  Belle, like Ariel, had so many different looks throughout the film, they're probably two of the hardest characters to capture perfectly in 3D.  A couple photos that followed (a side and back view) started to give me hope there might not be nothing to be concerned about.

Belle arrived, I took my chances and ordered vs. waiting to see in person as I had originally planned.  She arrived.  I opened the box with still a slight tinge of doubt but my fears were quickly put to rest!  Personally, of all the sculptures done of Belle in her blue attire, I think hands down this one is the best and truly captures the essence of the character!
 
A good friend of mine and fellow collector, Michelle has asked WDCC many times over the years to do Belle with that wisp of hair that falls over her forehead, not painted on the sculpture but an actual wisp of hair sculpted.  They did and its part of what makes this sculpture stand out above the rest.
 
Facially she is spot on having a porcelain look to her in the way she was painted.  A great job was done in capturing the green tone of the mirror as it appeared in the film, which contains a hologram of the Beast (as noted in two of the pictures below).  I also like in how simple this piece is, it's not static and you see a sense of movement in her apron in how the corners are turned up.
 
Kudos to Dusty Horner who did an awesome job on this version of Belle!

He’s Really Kind and Gentle. He’s my Friend, plussed with pewter hands, legs and the lock of hair Belle so endearingly brushes back throughout the film is Limited to Production Year 2011.
 
Below are photos that I took of my sculpture.  Please click on each image for a larger view!



 
In a recent article I did for www.wdwfanzone.com, I wrote of my new curio that allowed me to finally display my Fury Unleashed Beast.  I displayed Beast along with Maurice and thought this version of Belle would be a great companion piece and thought the display worked out perfectly (see picture below)!
 
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Off to Neverland! Peter Pan, Wendy & Tinker Bell Arrive at Retailers!

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The second release from the Summer 2011 Announcement, Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell began arriving at retailers today! It's nice to see the Walt Disney Classics Collection back on track, green boxes arriving on a regular basis again!

When Peter Pan declares he’s taking Wendy Darling to Never Land, the entranced young girl is so overjoyed that she decides she will give Peter a kiss — and tiny but temperamental Tinker Bell is having none of it. As for Peter, he doesn’t know what a kiss is but he’s thrown off balance at the prospect of receiving one…a rare occurrence for the bold boy from the realm of enchantment.

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Plussed with a pewter feather in Peter’s hat, pewter legs for Wendy, and a bronze Tinker Bell, this dynamic sculpture — bringing together the three most treasured figures from the spellbinding tale of Never Land —reflects Walt Disney’s words: “All the characters in Peter Pan are in some way touched with magic,”even, as Walt described her, “beloved Wendy.”

"I'm So Happy, I Think I'll Give You a Kiss" sculpted by Dusty Horner is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 1,500 and the second time the Nursery Scene has been visited by the Walt Disney Classics Collection.  

Check Out Latest Episode of 'D23's Disney Geek'!

Episode Forty-Nine of 'D23's Disney Geek' is now online!

This week check out the following:

- Walt Disney Parks and Resorts bring a "Carousel of Projects" to the D23 Expo

- Phineas and Ferb make beautiful music with... Slash??

- Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry and David Arquette join the roster of talent at the D23 Expo

- "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" surfs into homes—with plenty of exciting extras

- New additions coming to Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney

- The debut of the stunning new entrance to Disney California Adventure

- Disney on Ice is set to debut Rapunzel in two exciting shows hitting the road later this year

- Jasmine's Flying Carpets soar over Tokyo DisneySea… and more!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Take Fans Through the "Carousel of Projects" at Disney's D23 Expo!


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Take Fans Through the
“Carousel of Projects” at Disney’s D23 Expo, August 19-21, 2011
  
BURBANK, Calif. (July 18, 2011) – Fans attending Disney’s D23 Expo August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center will have the chance to experience “a great big beautiful tomorrow” as they immerse themselves in the future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, which is currently in the biggest period of global expansion in its history.

Drawing inspiration from a classic attraction that debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and has made stops at Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts invites attendees to hop aboard the “Carousel of Projects” for a sneak peek at concepts, designs, models, storytelling tools, and technologies currently being developed at Walt Disney Imagineering for Disney parks around the world.

Throughout the weekend, exclusively at the D23 Expo, fans will get a look at the latest details for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ 11 parks and five resorts around the world, as well as Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club, including:

·         Actual figures, props and ride vehicles for Radiators Springs Racers, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the building of Cars Land, the newest land at Disney California Adventure which opens next year.
·         The opportunity to meet a classic Disney icon in an entirely new way.
·         Concepts, models and plans for Fantasyland, one of the most ambitious expansions in the 40-year history of Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
·         What’s new at Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club.

In addition to the pavilion, D23 Expo attendees will also have the chance to attend numerous presentations and panel discussions. On Friday, August 19, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs will give guests in the 4,000-seat main arena an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest projects currently underway at Disney parks, featuring a few surprises along the way.

Imagineers and cast members who create and operate Disney’s parks, resorts, cruise ships, and other vacation experiences will take fans behind-the-magic with nine exciting presentations including:

·         Radiator Springs Reality: Imagineering Cars Land for Disney California Adventure – Join Disney•Pixar’s John Lasseter and a panel of Imagineers and Pixar creative talent as they share the twists and turns through the real-life development of Radiator Springs.
·         The Making of Star Tours - The Adventures Continue – Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald will share the inside scoop on how Walt Disney Imagineering and George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic began laying the groundwork for a new version of Star Tours.
·         A Good Look at Buena Vista Street Imagineers Lisa Girolami, Ray Spencer, and Coulter Winn provide a preview of the new entrance to Disney California Adventure, an idealized depiction of the Los Angeles Walt Disney lived and worked in throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
·         Imagineering the Dream and the Fantasy – Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and Bob Zalk talk about charting the design course of the two newest Disney cruise ships.
·         Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering – Disney Legend Marty Sklar will lead a celebration of the careers and accomplishments of Walt Disney Imagineering, including Alice Davis, Orlando Ferrante, Bob Gurr, and Don Iwerks. With special guest and current Imagineer Kim Irvine, daughter of Disney Legend Leota Toombs.

In addition, and for the first time, the Parks and Resorts pavilion will also feature Mickey’s of Glendale, an outlet of Walt Disney Imagineering’s employee-only store, where—for just three days– guests can shop for “Carousel of Projects” souvenirs and collectibles and Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise not available anywhere else.

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at http://www.D23Expo.com.  Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Walt Disney Classics Collection Announces 'Sold Out' Status on Two Recent Releases!

The Walt Disney Classics Collection announced today the Sold Out status of the following:

Dumbo and Timothy Mouse

Perched high atop a burning-building set in the Big Top before a big city audience, the precious baby pachyderm, wonderfully winsome in full clown makeup, is thrilled because he’s about to make the leap into a flight of faith leading him to fame, showbiz success and best of all, a joyful reunion with his mother.

Complete with his littlest yet biggest cheerleader Timothy Mouse and the rarely portrayed confidence-granting “magic feather,”Dumbo is sure to inspire soaring spirits in everyone who he smiles upon.
Dumbo ("Are They in for a Surprise" "Got the Magic Feather?"), sculpted by Bruce Lau is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 750.

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

Celebrating 70 years of publication in 2010, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories is one of the best-selling and longest-lived comic books ever, and this fun-filled anthology of multi-paneled Disney delights has featured many unforgettable covers over the years.

Attributed to veteran artist
Carl Buettner, the famous cover art from issue number 33, June 1943, features Mickey favorite: the infinity cover, in which characters read a comic cover picturing them reading a cover that pictures them reading that cover, and so on, into infinity.

The latest release in the
Classic Comics Series (4th release in series), sculpted by Bruce Lau is an irresistible sculpture artfully celebrating Disney’s flagship comic book—still published today—while also spotlighting two of the greatest stars from its pages.

Comic Book Companions is Limited to Production Year 2011.


Please contact your Authorized Dealer for availability!  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

WDCC Unveils Latest Haunted Mansion Release for Upcoming Event!

Yesterday, Art of Disney announced a merchandise event to help celebrate the resort’s 40th anniversary

Room for 1 More will be held in the Contemporary Resort on Friday, September 30th from 9.00am – 9.00pm.

For the event, one of the Special Merchandise items being offered is the Caretaker and Dog (pictured at right) from the Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpted by Ruben Procopio.

"Graveyard Shift" is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 250.  Special Note: Room for 1 More event will have a limited number of the Graveyard Shift edition.  Hand-crafted, hand-painted, kiln-fired porcelain with hand-cast pewter, bronze and brass components.
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Room for 1 More
Friday, September 30, 2011
9:00am - 9:00pm
Disney's Contemporary Resort

Materialize, Foolish Mortals for an underworld party of the Haunted Mansion at Disney's Contemporary Resort, where the disembodied are dying to take you on a Fright of Fantasy.  Our Ghost Host will ensure that the residents of the Mansion are in high spirits and ready to greet you as they come out to socialize and immortalize during the evening. 

From tombstones to headstones, we have left no stone unturned as we invite you to step through the graveyard gates of the Mansion cemetery, recreated with ghoulish delight inside Disney's Contemporary Resort.  Here you can dine in a mist enshrouded banquet realm hidden among the crypts.  While the organ plays, restless spirits will rise to entertain you during a Mansion's feast where everything is laid to rest by our Ghoulish Gastronomists.   The cryptic dreams that haunt you in the night will be exchanged and explained by expert apparitions. Don't fear - there are plenty of other restless spirits just dying to meet you throughout the night!

Have I peeked your curiosity or scared you to death?

Looking for somewhere to retire?  Might I suggest our Ghost Gallery in the Library, you will definitely want to keep the supernatural in suspense by bidding on priceless first editions and other creepy keepsakes in a silent but deadly auction. 
Shhhhh . . . mustn't wake the dead.  Oops too late, they're already here!

Should you care to join us, be sure to bring your death certificate as final arrangements need to be made on your behalf for a spook-tacular event.  Don't be left hangin' in regions beyond -
this will be a party to die for!

To provide a fair and equitable distribution of Room for 1 More event tickets, guests wishing to purchase event admission need to submit a request by answering the questions below. Guests will be able to choose either one ticket or two tickets during the request process. Requests will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on July 20, 2011. Submissions will be randomly selected until all tickets are distributed. The random selection will then continue for placement on the waiting list should guests decline to purchase awarded tickets. Guest names may only be submitted once; duplicate entries will be removed.

Event Admission is $285.00 per Guest.